Best New Hybrids 2018

Golf Digest editors Mike Stachura and Ashley Mayo discus the place of hybrids in your bag and how they can best benefit your game.

Released on 1/30/2018

Transcript

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Are hybrids designed to replace fairway woods or irons?
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Yes!
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(upbeat music)
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Higher swing speed players can get away with
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more hybrids replacing fairway woods.
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Lower swing speed players can get away with hybrids
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replacing more long and even middle irons.
00:21
If you're somewhere in the middle,
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you know let's say a 7 wood versus a 4 iron, let's say.
00:28
What you need to think about is
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what am I using that club for, what am I comfortable with?
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Am I comfortable attacking the green,
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[Ashley] Uh huh
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[Mike] then I want a hybrid.
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If I'm just literally trying to advance the ball any place
00:39
[Ashley] Yeah.
00:40
a fairway woods probably gonna be sufficient.
00:43
It's not necessarily gonna hit it to fifteen feet,
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as consistently because you've got a longer shaft
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and it's harder to hit accurately,
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but a hybrid is really just a better version of an iron.
00:53
[Ashley] And what are the new technologies that
00:55
we're gonna see in hybrids, this season?
00:57
You're seeing some of the things
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come down from Fairway woods, right?
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So you've got hotter faces that are thinner
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with special metals and I think what's interesting
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about special metals isn't just that they're more flexible,
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it's that their lighter, okay so that lightweight
01:12
means that the weight that you would normally
01:15
spend in the face,
01:16
[Ashley] Yeah.
01:16
which is typically the heaviest part
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of a club head is now distributed where you want it.
01:21
Some hybrids it's that they're distributing the weight
01:24
around the perimeter in deep to help you launch it high
01:27
and be forgiving in off-center hits.
01:28
Yeah
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And some fairway woods, they're taking that saved weight
01:31
and pushing it a little bit toward the front,
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so you're gonna hit more of a penetrating flight,
01:37
again a better players sorta flight.
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So there's options in hybrids that run the gamut this day.
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[Ashley] And is there an ideal number of hybrids
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a golfer should have, in his or her bag?
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If he has any doubt about any iron in the bag,
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the hybrid is a better choice.
01:54
Okay
01:55
Okay, it's more forgiving, it's sole is wider,
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so it's more forgiving through the turf, it's off-center
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hit performance gives more ball speed.
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So it's just better.
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[Ashley] Yeah.
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I think what it comes down to
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is when you look down at a
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4 hybrid or a 5 hybrid or a 6 hybrid
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is that what you wanna see or do you wanna see an iron
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and so again there's a comfort level,
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but I think if there's any doubt, a hybrid is better.
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And I think especially men
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(laughs)
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can take comfort
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in the fact that PGA tour players use hybrids.
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It's not a macho thing to use long irons, right?
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It's not, It's clearly a case of
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even the best players want help.
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Right, okay.
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So, help yourself.
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Embrace those hybrids.
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Yes.
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(upbeat music)
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